The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA)/New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete was able to make a fast start, maintaining the pace throughout, to complete the course in a time of one minute 10.42 seconds.
Fellow OWIA/NSWIS athlete Sami Kennedy-Sim has had her best qualifying result since returning from injury, finishing with the 13th fastest time in qualifying this afternoon (Australian time).
Today’s results see both Grimus and Kennedy-Sim qualify for the finals, which will be held on Sunday afternoon (Australian time).
Following his qualifying run, Grimus couldn’t hide his excitement of the venue that will play host to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea.
“The track is awesome, the weather has been great and the people are nice, so you can’t ask for much more.”
“I had a good day today and really happy with the result,” Grimus said.
“I made some good changes during training, and it paid off today. I started off in training with the quickest time, so I was moving straight from the outset today,” Grimus added.
Kennedy-Sim also was pleased with her opening day performance.
“I was fourth in the top section of the track, and a combination of wind and a mistake, saw me finish in 13th place,” Kennedy-Sim said.
“I am now looking forward to a rest day tomorrow and supporting the Snowboard Cross team, then racing again on Sunday.”